Wake up and go to bed early
Yes, you heard that right. Many of us are tempted to binge watch our favourite TV shows until the wee hours of the night because we “don’t have to” wake up early the next day; but trust me, throwing off your regular sleep schedule will make you feel sluggish the next day.
Create an office space at home
It wont look or feel like what you had before, but dedicating a space in your home to do “work” will give you a sense of place. Consider getting a monitor, mouse and keyboard instead of just working from your laptop (its life changing!) and ensure your space is as ergonomic as possible for your comfort. This may be challenging if you live in a small space, but its important you do your best.
Don’t forget to socialize
Sure, office chatter won’t be the same, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel isolated. Start a group chat with your colleagues to keep up with their lives, pick up the phone and call them, use your office chat features to connect, collaborate and ask questions. If possible, host video conference calls so you can see people’s faces! The options are endless.
Build a daily schedule
Since no one is physically watching you, self-discipline is key, and ensuring you are accomplishing your goals for the day is important. Wake up, get dressed, and start work at your usual time. This sense of routine with set you up for the rest of the day. Block time on your calendar to accomplish certain tasks, take your lunch break, and more importantly, know when to shut down and “leave” your office.
Even I don’t always follow these tips ALL OF THE TIME, but I have found when I do, I naturally feel more productive and ready to take on the day. As you start to incorporate these changes to your daily routine, don’t expect it to be an overnight change – it will take time. At the end of the day, its about finding what works best for YOU.
What are some things you do to stay productive while working from home? Share your tips!